A to Z: Graves Diseaseenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-KH-AZ-Dictionary-enHD.jpgGraves disease is a condition where the body's immune system causes the thyroid gland to make more thyroid hormones than it should.thyroid, disorder, hormone, hyperthyroidism, growth, not growing, small, lose weight, eyes bulge, fast, overactive, gland, endocrinology03/24/201604/04/201909/02/2019a51f74cb-508f-4099-b745-6cca579257b4https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-graves-disease.html/<p>Graves disease is a chronic (ongoing) condition where the body's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/immune.html/">immune system</a> causes the thyroid gland to make more thyroid hormones than it should. Doctors call this <a class="kh_anchor">hyperthyroidism</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Thyroid hormones help control many body functions. When the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/thyroid-disease.html/">thyroid</a> isn't working properly, it can affect a person's organs and body systems, as well as growth and sexual development.</p> <p>People with Graves disease might lose weight even though they're eating more. Their eyes may be reddened or irritated, or look like they're staring or bulging out. They might feel hot or sweaty, have a fast heartbeat, and feel nervous. People who have the disease may feel weaker or more tired than usual and have trouble sleeping. Girls might not get their periods as they should. The thyroid gland may also become swollen, causing a lump in the front of the neck called a goiter.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>People can take medicine to keep thyroid hormone levels in the blood normal. If the disease doesn't go away within a couple years on its own, doctors often suggest other treatments or surgery to shrink or remove the thyroid gland.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Blood Test: Thyroid Peroxidase AntibodiesThe thyroid peroxidase antibodies test is primarily used to help diagnose and monitor autoimmune conditions involving the thyroid gland, including Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves disease.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/test-peroxidase.html/04fa9666-9d47-4c66-9a18-bdc2dfbbf07f
Endocrine SystemThe glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release affect almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/endocrine.html/b4b292ba-f3b7-42aa-83a3-3df7e9edb5c3
Thyroid DiseaseThe thyroid gland makes the hormones that help control metabolism and growth. A thyroid that isn't working properly can cause thyroid disease. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/thyroid-disease.html/84573bd7-3de9-46b0-b1af-0f7a762c5d48
What Is a Growth Disorder?The other kids in the class have been getting taller and developing into young adults, but your child's growth seems to be lagging behind. Could a growth disorder be the cause?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-disorder.html/0dfb1120-286a-43bc-92f1-67aff0a94799
What Is the Thyroid?Do you know just how important the thyroid is? It helps you grow and affects your energy level.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/thyroid.html/8484750c-4f47-4003-aaec-eb0992df2964
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